2022/2023 Wedding Trends in Texas & Beyond | Austin’s Best DJs

2022/2023 Wedding Trends: 2022 wedding/event trends are here and they’re quite different than the years that have passed. As one of Austin’s leading DJ & photo booth companies, we provide entertainment for numerous weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events, every weekend, all year long! We noticed several trends and changes in the 2022 events, as well as for 2023 weddings, too!
It’s hard to predict all the 2023 trends since 2020 is halfway done, but as we see them, we’ll certainly write about them. We also provide planning assistance and have seen what couples are planning for next year’s events with us. Here are some late 2022/2023 wedding trends that we’re seeing in the Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas area, and beyond.

1. 2022/2023 Wedding Trends – Ceremony Changes

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Diana, Gabe & Val, on our wedding day! 🙂 Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths
For 2022/2023 wedding trends, the first thing we noticed is that we’re seeing more couples choose to break traditions and create their own, unique wedding. We’re seeing different bridal processions, more often. Brides will walk down the aisle with both parents, with their father/step-father, their entire family, their kids, and even best friends!
We’ve also seen grooms walk down the aisle with their parents, too! Diana (above) walked down the aisle, non-traditionally, on her own wedding day! Perhaps she started the trend, a few years ago! 🙂 Who says you have to be traditional? You don’t! 

Fathers walking the bride down the aisle! - Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths

Fathers walking the bride down the aisle! – Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths
This bride walked down the aisle with her father and step-father. Both fathers were important in her life and she chose to honor them both! She also chose to do a mother/daughter dance during the reception, as well!

2. 2022/2023 Wedding Trends: Different First Dances 

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Different First Dances – Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths
Couples are changing the traditional first dance. The 2022/2023 wedding trends are showing that the first dances are different. First dances have traditionally been the couple, father/daughter, and mother/son. Now, people are choosing to do first dances with their mothers, their kids, and even their good friends. Traditions are great, but you should do what best suits you!

3. More Entertainment Options 360 photo booth

Clients are choosing to add more entertainment for guests who prefer, or are not able to, dance. Having more entertainment options helps keep your guests entertained longer since it gives them more than one thing to do.

Sometimes, dances are up to 3 hours (after dinner, cocktail hour and a ceremony) and clients have told us, “we can’t’ possibly have only music and expect people to dance for 3 straight hours.” We always reply, “we’ll play the music and try to keep them dancing, but sure, more entertainment options are always great, too!” 

Other entertainment options that we often include are a photo booth, (and lately the 360 photo booth – pictured above, has really been trending), Karaoke, lawn & giant games, giant marquee letter rentals (like the word LOVE), cold sparklers, and even game show type games that we can host.

4. Personalized Props & Decor
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Something new, we’re noticing, is more personalized decor items and even props at the photo booth. We saw these 2019/2020 wedding trends starting in late 2022. We’ve seen people provide full-size cutout props for people to take photos with, or even take photos with at the photo booth. Clients will have the wedding couple or the guest of honor cutout.

We’ve also seen the “big head cutouts.” You may have seen them at events, recently. They’re very new and trending. They are literally “big heads” of the couple or guest of honor. These are perfect for weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties, retirement parties, etc.

You can order them as a 12″ X 18″ prop, or even get them as large as 3 feet! They’re a lot of fun to see and the guests seem to love them!

5. More Food/Drink Options

Add a Smores Bar for your wedding, quince or event! Austin's Best DJs

S’mores Bar for your wedding, quince or event! Austin’s Best DJs

While this was certainly part of the 2022/2023 wedding trends, great food is always a major part of any wedding or event! Lately, many clients have been adding late-night snacks, which have been a major hit! We’ve seen S’mores bars, popcorn, make your own cotton candy bars, candy bars, ice cream bars, and much more! After a long event, most people can’t resist a tempting, late-night snack! 🙂

6. Color Changes

We’ve noticed that people are moving away from simply using the venue’s lighting and candlelight for their reception area. Nearly every couple and client is now choosing to add more colors to their reception, which we love! How? They’re booking uplighting to match the decor and theme colors.

The most popular colors have been Amber, White, as well as Pink, and Blush. Uplighting is a great way to really change the venue. If you want your guests to walk in and say “wow,” uplighting is a way to do just that!

Overall, there are many more 2022/2023 wedding trends we’re seeing, but these are the most common trends for late 2022 and early 2023 weddings. Contact us to discuss your details and how we can help you plan and implement these trending ideas at your wedding, quinceanera, party, or event! 

​- Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths

Jason Alexander Rubio

Jason has a Master's of Education (MEd), and a Master's of Public Affairs (MPAff). and has been in the DJ field for over 2 decades as a DJ, nightclub owner, radio show DJ/host, bar/club DJ, concert & festival organizer/promoter, and is the co-founder and owner of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Radio DJ Drops, Rent Letters Now, and Quince Expos.Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in The NY Times, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Bustle, Disc Jockey News, DJ Times, DJNTV, The DJ Insider, Mobile Beat, My Wedding Songs, Fox Business News, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and Wedding Planner Magazine.Jason also published his book "Succeeding in the Wedding Business," in January of 2023. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!

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